PS, Bridge and Lightroom still need to be run as an administrator

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Hi,

I recently upgraded PS and Bridge to CC 2018 and Lightroom to CC Classic. As usual, when I launch any of these programs, I get either the infamous code 16 error or a similar error in Bridge. I can't use these applications unless I enable the "Run as an administrator" option in the Properties of the corresponding .exe file. No progress in this area.

Until now, nobody at Adobe could explain why, on many systems, running these programs as an administrator is mandatory. There must some permission or UAC issue. If Adobe could inform us about the security settings required when launching these apps, I'd be grateful. This is a long lasting issue and none of the recommendations posted by Adobe about it ever worked on many Windows systems.

Maybe it's time to investigate this case deeper.
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Patrick Philippot

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Abhishek Seth, Employee

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Hi  Patrick,

Can you please uninstall and install Adobe Bridge and Adobe Lightroom and try again.

In case the problem persists, please let us know.

Regards,
Abhishek Seth.
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Patrick Philippot

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Hi Abhishek,

During the last years, since this problem exists, I have spent so many time applying Adobe’s recommendations about this error 16 issue that I can’t remember. I also spent a lot of time monitoring these processes in order to determine what was going on. To no avail.

My request has always been the same : please give us comprehensive informations about the security requirements that must be fulfilled in order to allow a non administrative launch of these programs. Never got any satisfying answer. These programs, instead of issuing this stupid and meaningless “error 16” message, should at least be able to determine why the non administrative launch fails. The bare minimum would be to describe what operation failed.

Adobe never took this problem seriously. So I’m not ready to spend more time on this unless Adobe give us a way to better identify the problem. I’m a former system engineer and developer and I’m ready to help if Adobe decide to investigate the case more seriously. But please stop returning to the old recipes that have never worked for many of us.

Regards.